Friday, April 11, 2008

What I've Been Reading

Lots of things. The Hallelujah Side by Rhoda Huffey. A story about a girl growing up in a devoutly Pentecostal family in Iowa. The voice can sometimes be a bit perplexing, because you aren't sure if the narrator (third person) is sympathizing with the family's wacky (no better word here) religious beliefs and practices, or mocking it. Because you feel a bit bad mocking it, but it's all so...wacky.

This year's Pushcart Prize anthology. I'm just delving in (as it's already April, I better get a move on), but early favorites are Charles D'Ambrosio's "The Dead Fish Museum" and Gerald Stern's "What For".

Tobias Wolff's new compilation, Our Story Begins. Thick, which means the flavor will last and last.

And because sometimes you're so desperate you go back to the basics, What If?

I will be taking tomorrow off from writing, though, and reading anything with a literary slant.

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